Chilao Campground

Chilao Campground

Chilao Campground is a larger developed campground popular with backpackers exploring the Angeles National Forest and the Pacific Crest Trail. The campground located in the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles at about 5300 feet in elevation. Chilao Camground is one of the few camping spots in Angeles National Forest that is RV friendly.

There are 83 campsites at Chilao Campground, all of which include fire rings, a picnic table, and access to vault toilets and drinking water. Bears are very active in the area and all food must be stored properly. Reservations are not accepted, all campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis.

You will need to buy an Adventure Pass to park your car at Chilao Campground. Passes are not sold at the campground an must be purchased in advance from a retailer. You will also need a free California Campfire Permit to have any open flame, including stoves, at the campground. The Campfire Permit can be obtained from any Forest Service ranger station of office, or online.

Chilao Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 83 Campsites
Cost: $12/night
Use Level: High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Vault Toilet
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 18 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:
34.323785, -118.016678
Nearest City/Town: La Canada Flintridge, California
Elevation: 5300 Feet
Location: Los Angeles County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Store located 30 miles away in La Canada Flintridge
Directions: From I-210 in the city of La Canada Flintridge, exit at Angeles Crest Highway (CA Hwy 2) and drive northeast for 26 miles to the Chilao Campground on the left.



(626) 574-1613

Web: Chilao Campground – Angeles National Forest
Reservations: Not Accepted – First-come/first-served

When To Go

Spring & Early Summer – The best time to go to Chilao Campground is in the Spring & Early Summer. The weather will not be too cold or too hot during these times.

Tuesday 05/23 0%
High 80° / Low 55°
Abundant sunshine. High around 80F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 05/24 0%
High 70° / Low 46°
Mainly sunny. High around 70F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 05/25 0%
High 60° / Low 42°
Abundant sunshine. High around 60F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 05/26 20%
High 57° / Low 42°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 57F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 05/27 0%
High 66° / Low 48°
Mainly sunny. High 66F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 05/28 0%
High 74° / Low 51°
A mainly sunny sky. High 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

Hiking – There are many hiking trails throughout the area. The Pacific Crest Trail, High Desert Trail, and the Silver Moccasin Trail are all nearby and provide great day hikes as well as opportunities for multi-day thru-hikes.

Image Credits:  NHJOINS via Flicker

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